The lawyer of the Russian Federation: arbitration at the Hague was not competent to deal with the case of Yukos

The lawyer of the Russian Federation: arbitration at the Hague was not competent to deal with the case of Yukos


The HAGUE, 9 February. /Corr. Vitaly Chugin/. Arbitration in the Hague awarded former shareholders of YUKOS more than $50 billion, was not competent to deal with the case. This was stated at the public hearings the lawyer of the Russian side albert Jan van den Berg.

He noted that “arbitration under the mediation of the Permanent court of arbitration in the Hague, for a number of reasons lacked jurisdiction for the organization of the proceedings.” “In particular, due to the fact that Russia never ratified the Energy Charter, on the basis of which the decision was taken”, – said the lawyer.

The Arbitration Decision

Arbitration under the mediation of the Permanent court of arbitration in the Hague, in July 2014 ruled that Russia owes a total of to pay more than $50 billion to companies affiliated with the former shareholders of Yukos.

The court decided that Russia’s actions against Yukos could be regarded as expropriation of the investment, violating the 45th article of the Energy Charter.

In February 2015 it became known that Russia filed in the district court of the Hague petition to cancel these awards.”Russian Federation 28 January 2015 filed in the District court of the Hague three applications for annulment of arbitral awards rendered by the international arbitration within the framework of three parallel arbitration proceedings initiated by former majority shareholders of OAO “NK “YUKOS” on the basis of the Energy Charter Treaty”, – noted then the statement of the Russian Ministry of Finance.

See also

Reaction to the decision of the court in the Hague on the suit of the former shareholders of Yukos against the Russian Federation